Caturday: contented cats and a hot dog

Happy Caturday everyone. The last week has gone from highs in the 80s to a high of 60. Of course, we decided to go hike when it was in the 80s. We went back to Briones and picked a trail that wasn’t strenuous. The dog wasn’t amused. Pepi was hot. She let us know she was hot. She flopped in the middle of the trail and looked at us with her tongue hanging out and with a look that said “Dammit! I’m HOT”. We were fine. Pepi wasn’t. We gave her plenty of water and headed back to the car after we were a mere half mile in. The hike wasn’t a total wash though, as you’ll see below.

The pointy eared people on the other hand, are contented. They’re happy to lay around in the trailer watching the birds, planes and neighbors go by.

Miss Jenny
Miss Jenny
Titanescu watching over his domain
Titanescu watching over his domain
Tito
Tito

As for that hike, we went to Briones. It’s a regional park that is located about 6 miles West of us. It was really warm, but not miserable. We chose a nice fairly level trail. It was beautiful. We did remember to watch for snakes as the weather was perfect for them and there has already been a rattlesnake bite at Lime Ridge where we like to walk Pepi. It pays to be careful. Here are a few pics that Lastech took.

Looking to the East
Looking to the East
Looking to the West
Looking to the West
A panoramic shot looking East. Mount Diablo is visible in the background.
A panoramic shot looking East. Mount Diablo is visible in the background.

Once we reached the area where Lastech took the panoramic shot, Pepi decided she was pooped. She flopped in the dirt with her tongue hanging out and didn’t want to get up. We gave her water.

Pepi the hot dog
Pepi the hot dog

We got her back up and headed back. We stopped in the shade a few times, to make sure she drank water.

She went from a hot dog to a wet dog. We poured some water over her and she liked it.
She went from a hot dog to a wet dog. We poured some water over her and she liked it.
Big ole northern Pacific Rattlesnake wandering across the trail. It was about 5 feet long and healthy.
Big ole northern Pacific Rattlesnake wandering across the trail. It was about 5 feet long and healthy.

Poor Pepi was so pooped that she never saw the snake. Lastech kept her out of range while I took pictures. This is why she is never off leash and why I keep her out of tall grass. When we got back to the car, she flopped in my lap and went to sleep.

Trivia bit: Adult California ground squirrels are resistant to rattlesnake venom.

Now for a hummingbird rescue


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Caturday: Attack of the chirping poopy bird

Happy Caturday to all. It has been a quiet week in the park, but a mess for Lastech who is working tons of overtime. He’s not getting much time to relax these days.

It was quiet until Thursday when suddenly there was a loud flapping in the skylight. The ceiling in our trailer is only 6 and a half feet high, which makes the skylight very close. A sparrow had decided to land on the screen. It chirped like mad, dropped a poopy on the screen, then went back to chirping madly. The pointy eared people and a droopy-eared dog went berserk. The cats swarmed the dining room table trying to get to the bird and Pepi started barking. The bird was unperturbed and never cast a glance in our direction. It spent several minutes on the screen before moving on.:)

Here is the little chirping poopy bird
Here is the little chirping poopy bird

Speaking of the pointy eared people, here they are.

Miss Jenny looking annoyed because I interrupted her bird watching for a picture.
Miss Jenny looking annoyed because I interrupted her bird watching for a picture.
Tito watching the birdies on the strip of grass outside
Tito watching the birdies on the strip of grass outside
Titanescu basking in the sun. It was warm, but I didn't have the heart to deploy the awning and deprive him of his bliss.
Titanescu basking in the sun. It was warm, but I didn’t have the heart to deploy the awning and deprive him of his bliss.
Pepi at the arboretum
Pepi at the arboretum

The rainy season is mostly over and the hills are turning to their summer brown. There are still nice batches of wild mustard out there though.

Mustard and clouds
Mustard and clouds
Close-up of the mustard
Close-up of the mustard

And now for something rather unusual. I’ve heard of rescuing a cat from a tree, but not this.


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Caturday: Move-out-move-back-in mess

Yes, we had to move out and then move back in. RVs are not, by law, considered to be permanent dwellings. To remain on the right side of this law, we have to move out for a day once every six months. It’s actually two nights and one full day. We moved Tuesday evening and moved back on Thursday morning. This is all fine except that it requires a fair amount of preparation such as making sure the fresh water tank is clean and filled along with disconnecting everything. Then the slide has to be brought in and heavy items pulled out of cupboards,etc. It’s a lot of work. On top of that, we had to manage without deploying the slide while we were out, so it was more than a bit cramped. We survived.

On the day we moved back in, Lastech had to go to a meeting in the morning and work in the afternoon as he’s now on swing shift. He didn’t have time to come home in between. He felt bad about not helping me to set the trailer up again, but it’s ok. I did fine, though the neighbors probably still haven’t recovered from their exposure to plumber’s crack.

Tito in a sunbeam
Tito in a sunbeam
Miss Jenny looking happy
Miss Jenny looking happy
Tito and Miss Jenny the day after we moved back in.
Tito and Miss Jenny the day after we moved back in.
Pepi having some snuggle time with Lastech
Pepi having some snuggle time with Lastech

And last, but certainly not least…

This is what it’s like for me every day.


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Caturday: April showers bring…

It’s Caturday in April and the hills are green and the wildflowers are blooming. It’s warming a bit and rattlesnakes have been spotted on the trails. We’re being extra careful and Pepi isn’t permitted off leash. There were a couple of really warm days that required the use of the air conditioner, but now it’s cooler and we’ve collected almost an inch of rain since last night,a very welcome surprise. April hasn’t been boring so far. 🙂

And now, for the stars of our show…

Miss Jenny has such big blue eyes
Miss Jenny has such big blue eyes
Titanescu beat the heck out of the curtain and stands on it in victory. Yes, he won. I removed it permanently.
Titanescu beat the heck out of the curtain and stands on it in victory. Yes, he won. I removed it permanently.

Tito gets two pics. Three if you count Pepi’s pic.

Sunbeams make Tito want to...
Sunbeams make Tito want to…
SING! La la la la la!
SING! La la la la la!
Pepi getting a big hug from Tito.
Pepi getting a big hug from Tito.

Just to show that our world is still a fascinating and beautiful place…


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Caturday: Spring?

Spring? It was nice while it lasted. Oh, it’s not over yet and but the temps are going for a roller coaster ride this week. The highs are supposed to go from 75 to 87 and back down to 69. Joy. At least we have A/C. I don’t mind the temps, but the trailer gets a bit warm and that’s hard on the pointy eared people and floppy eared one. Fur coats are no fun when it’s hot.

Our hills will start going from an unreal, but vivid Spring green to the summer tans and it will start this week. I’ll miss it. On the other hand, the mulberry trees are branching out, so we’ll have afternoon shade soon.

And now, the stars of our show

Tito looks like he's debating an escape
Tito looks like he’s debating an escape
Titanescu looking suspiciously mellow.
Titanescu looking suspiciously mellow.

Miss Jenny? She gets her own vid this week. 🙂

Pepi still hoping for accidental noms
Pepi still hoping for accidental noms

Earlier in the week we ran off to the Martinez Regional Shoreline. We like to visit the marsh and check to see what birds are there. They were tall birds, sort of.

Tall Egret
Tall Egret
Tall Runner duck
Tall Runner duck
Tall? No wait, it's the elusive, and rarely seen, Marsh onion.
Tall? No wait, it’s the elusive, and rarely seen, Marsh onion.


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The Markham arboretum in glorious Spring colors

What a difference a few storms made at the Markham arboretum, now wearing its vibrant Spring blues, greens and reds from blade of grass to treetop. The Galindo Creek meandering through the gardens remains a few feet at its deepest, hummingbirds have begun their courtships, but the countdown to summer has already begun.

Markham Arboretum
Markham Arboretum

The following photos were all taken yesterday during the course of a single walk through, taking advantage of the blooms we waited months to see. There were over twenty of them, so we decided to arrange them in a slide show for convenience. Below, that, you’ll find a short video of Anna’s hummingbirds courting.


The female hummingbird perched at the very top of a tree, is being buzzed by a male. The chirping sound you hear as he passes by is made by fanning out his tail feathers.


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Caturday: Spring has sprung

Caturday finds us enjoying Spring, but missing the rains already. I really wasn’t ready for this much sunshine. I don’t know if we’ll get any more rain this season or not. Sadly, we didn’t get enough. California is in better shape than it was, but it’s still parched in places.

With the Spring come the birdies and the pointy eared people are thrilled. They spend hours on the back of the couch and dinette watching them. There’s an oleander shrub right outside one of the windows and it fills up with birds every morning and evening. It’s better than television.

Tito watching the Spring birdies
Tito watching the Spring birdies
Miss Jenny also watching those Spring birdies
Miss Jenny also watching those Spring birdies
I can haz hotdog?
I can haz hotdog?

As for Titanescu… He wasn’t watching birdies. He was dreaming of water and a diving competition.

Titanescu perfecting his pike position
Titanescu perfecting his pike position

Speaking of water, Lastech took some nice pics at the canal the other day.

March duck

March canal

March twigs


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Caturday: Ode to The Pootie Queen

I’ve heard that online friendships just aren’t real and all kinds of other malarkey. Lastech was an online friend and we’ve been married for twelve years as of today. Our anniversary aside, I lost a friend on March 5th. I found Tricia at a political website. As everyone knows, politics can be vicious. She had a love of cats and she posted what came to be called “The Pootie Diaries”. “Pootie” was the name of someone’s kitty. The name stuck and Tricia became known as The Pootie Queen. Her posts were a safe haven from the political fights. The fights had to be left outside. Inside was a mass of Cheezburger posts and pictures of pets posted in the comments. The posts weren’t limited to cats and included any and all animals. That safe haven provided people with a place to share the joys of their pets and to also share their grief on losing them. When we lost The Boober to lymphoma she did a memorial post for him. She did the same when we lost Kitsy. Her funeral is today, so we are dedicating our Caturday post to The Pootie Queen. I’m sure she was greeted by a throng of critters at the Rainbow Bridge. Orange flowers were her favorites. Rest in peace my friend.

She loved orange flowers. For Tricia Wyse Lefevre September 8th, 1970 - March 5th ,2016
Tricia Wyse Lefevre September 8th, 1970 – March 5th ,2016

As for our anniversary, we celebrated that on Lastech’s day off (Wednesday) We relaxed and grilled some good food and had a glass of champagne. It was good.

Titanescu basking in a sunbeam
Titanescu basking in a sunbeam
Miss Jenny: help!
Miss Jenny: help!
Poor Tito looking nervous
Poor Tito looking nervous
Pepi hoping to hoover something good from the grill.
Pepi hoping to hoover something good from the grill.


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Caturday: Return of the pointy-eared people

The pointy-eared people have been gazing out the window wondering if we’re going to need a boat. It has been raining off and on for days. There’s a new storm headed this way as I type. None of us are complaining. California needs the rain desperately and the kitties can watch from inside where it’s warm and dry. Pepi doesn’t care about the rain. She’s happy to walk in it and so am I.

Before I get to our kitties, I want to give an update on Renfield. We mentioned his ataxia in a prior post.

To quote his housemate Nofur:

Went to town to start Captain Darling’s allergy shots today, and then we went shopping for some fresh “crinkle balls” for Renfield! He is still improving and started running today. Which is a bad idea with the occasional falling over, but Renfield is unstoppable. He is still smart enough to use the chair to get on the bed & countertops though.

YES! He’s getting better. We are so happy to see this news. I’m sure he’ll be catching those sky raisins (flies) again soon.

Here is Renfield wearing his black turtleneck and shopping for crinkle balls.
Here is Renfield wearing his black turtleneck and shopping for crinkle balls.

And now, back to our pointy eared people

Tito has the prettiest green eyes
Tito has the prettiest green eyes
Miss Jenny
Miss Jenny
Even Titan managed to pose without giving us the stinkeye
Even Titan managed to pose without giving us the stinkeye

Here is the little stinker who had us in a state of near panic last week.

No mom, I'm NOT chewing the blanket.
No mom, I’m NOT chewing the blanket.

This is what put her in the ER. It was raining that night and very dark out. I didn’t find it for a day or two. She had hoarked it up at home, but it had already set of the chain of events that led to the veterinary ER.

a Pepi blanket

And now for a unique musical video. I love things like this.


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Caturday: Gone to the dog

No matter how much you watch them, if your dog is the type to eat anything, you may be in for the occasional rough night. Pepita’s a hoover-dog, meaning she’ll ingest virtually anything, given the chance, and a couple days ago now, she ate a piece of blanket she’d torn off. This was bad news. That piece of cloth created a gastric obstruction, which she tried to dislodge as dogs do, by eating grass and drinking lots of water. She managed to hoark up the cloth, but was still in distress.

The grass she ate went nowhere and sat in her gut, compacting in her stomach. We hauled her to the local emergency vet clinic, where she stayed well into the next day. Now as some of you know, Rudha-an is a great dog (and cat) mom, with awesome friends who aren’t just supportive but extremely helpful in dire situations The A-team. From actionable advice to offers of financial assistance, these women were a lot of help getting through this patch. Thanks to many people, but especially Rudha-an, Pepi is now recovering at home. The amount of texts, emails and phone calls to individuals and card companies was even more amazing since Rudha-an is recovering slowly from an ear infection triggered by the flu (it has been a trying month and a half for the crew of the Endurance and friends).

Waiting at the vet's office
In the waiting room
Poor Pepi in the exam room looking a bit scared
Poor Pepi in the exam room looking a bit scared
That funky mass at the end of the arrow is her stomach full of grass. The black stuff to the right was gas.
That funky mass at the end of the arrow is her stomach full of grass. The black stuff to the right was gas.
And here is just part of what they removed. No wonder she was in distress
And here is just part of what they removed. No wonder she was in distress

While she was gone overnight, even Titanescu seemed to be looking for Pepi, and Tito came to our bed for comfort.
We spent part of the day waiting at the Markham Arboretum in Concord, walking off some tension, hoping to get Pepi out there again soon, but we weren’t sure how the endoscopy would turn out.

Magnolias
Magnolias
Dark-eyed junco (male)
Dark-eyed junco (male)
Blossoms
Blossoms
Ivy and roots
Ivy and roots
Magnolia
Magnolia
Wild turkey
Wild turkey

Later that afternoon,when the nurse brought her out to come home with us, the look of relief on Pepi’s little worried face and her attempts to leap from the nurse’s arms were worth everything, and we were happy to submit to ten minutes of frantic licking.

Are we REALLY going home?
Are we REALLY going home?
Pepi and her flatulent hedgehog
Pepi and her flatulent hedgehog

This is from yesterday.

The kitties will return next week, provided a piano doesn’t fall out of the sky and land on us.


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